District 13 Update

Be in the know!

Report Writing Training Sessions Planned

Come join us to learn all the tips and tricks for writing a fantastic PTA report! A few things have been updated for this year, so you won't want to miss this opportunity to learn about the latest updates.

February 4th -- Cherokee County -- 10am at Ball Ground Elementary School

(Nominations & Elections training will also be held.)

February 13th -- Forsyth County -- 10am at Forsyth County Board of Education

Please be sure to use the 2014-2015 Leadership Resource Guide for the Report forms.


Report Writing section begins on page 221. A few minor details have changed from previous versions of the LRG. REPORTS ARE DUE MARCH 13! Start planning ahead now!

District 13 Scholarship Opportunity!

District 13 is proud to bring back our Scholarship program this year. The scholarship application for students of ALL ages. The due date is April 1, 2015 and scholarships of $250 will be awarded in May 2015. A PDF of the application has been emailed to each Local Unit president. If you need the application emailed to you, email us at d13gapta@gmail.com.

Officers needed for 2015-2017 for District 13!

The D13 Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for the following positions for the 2015-2017 (2 year) term: District Director, 2 Assistant District Directors, Secretary and Treasurer. Nominations must be sent in by March 6, 2015.

Please contact Stephanie Moulton, District 13's nominating committee chair, with questions. vpprograms@forsythcountypta.com

Thank you Dr. Rickman!

Dr. Dana Rickman from the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education shared her insights into the current state of the Common Core in Georgia, assessments and other educational issues that are important for 2015. She referenced the recently released book, Top Ten Issues in Education in 2015. You can download that publication here.

Exceptional Children's Committee

We have added a new position at the District level and are excited to have Colleen Beguiristain as the new Exceptional Children's Committee Chair. She will be speaking with us about this new role and the opportunities it presents for our schools. If you have any experience in this area or are interested in serving with Colleen, she can be reached at colbeguiristain@gmail.com

Congratulations to our Membership Superstars!

These schools have achieved and surpassed their 2% goal!

Cherokee County -- Teasley MS, Boston ES, Oak Grove ES, Clark Creek STEM ES, FD Johnston ES, Holly Springs ES, Woodstock ES, Hickory Flat ES, Indian Knoll ES, and Woodstock HS

Forsyth County -- Lakeside MS, Big Creek ES, Daves Creek ES, Brookwood ES, Sawnee ES, South Forsyth MS, Little Mill MS, Mashburn ES, Settles Bridge ES

Whitfield County -- Pleasant Grove ES

These schools are so close! Just a few more members!

Little River ES, Cherokee HS, Hasty ES, Bascomb ES, Matt ES, Varnell ES

Membership Drive Ideas:

New Families - Ask the records clerk for a list of "New Families" since Open House. Send out a special mailer inviting them to join PTA.

Non PTA Families - Send a mailer/email to families that have not joined PTA yet. Offer incentive with deadline of mid February for every 2 new membership per classroom or 100% membership per class (extra recess time, cover the teachers lunch duty, special treat during testing month, smencils for the class, etc)

Event Admission- Purchase PTA membership and the event is free or receive a free concession ticket.

Local unit leaders, please be sure to send in your dues at the END OF EVERY MONTH. Here is a link to the dues transmittal form. Also, if you need more membership cards, please send in the form for more membership cards to the state office.

Send your best membership ideas to d13gapta@gmail.com and we will share them with everyone!

Legislative Session

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Student Advocacy Day

February 5, 2015

Register Now!

PTA Day at the Capitol

March 3, 2015 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Register Now!

Learn more about Georgia PTA's Legislative Priorities for 2015 here.

"Take Your Family to School Week" is Feb. 16-20

National PTA's Take Your Family to School Week is February 16-20. Check out National PTA's website to see all of their resources for activities your PTA can do to engage families.There are workshop guides and toolkits for a variety of topics, as well as resources to help you promote your events. http://www.pta.org/TYFTSW

Georgia PTA Night at the Hawks!

The Atlanta Hawks are having an amazing season! Join Georgia PTA as the Hawks take on the Miami Heat on Friday, March 27, 2015 for PTA Night at the Hawks. Game time is 7:30pm. Ticket prices are $64.00 for 100 level, $44.00 for 200 level, $26.00 for 300 level. $5.00 from each ticket sold will go back to the local unit. Ticket submission forms are due to Georgia PTA by March 6.

Go to the Georgia PTA website to get all the details!

Win a $30K Grant for a School Playground

Get behind the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes and your school could win a $30,000 grant, plus a new playground! It's part of the Together Counts™ program, which offers free energy balance and obesity previention resources to families and schools.

ANYONE over 18 can enter on behalf of their school. That means, getting the word out to EVERYONE in your school community is key! Increasing the number of entries submitted increases your school's chance of winning. Outdoor play is critical to healthy kids. Launch a mini campaign and spread the word to win!

Nominations & Elections Resources

As we head into spring, our Local Units and Councils are electing their Nominating Committees and those NC's begin their work to slate officers for the upcoming year. We get MANY questions during this process and are very happy to help our local units with their elections, however, there are some great resources right at your fingertips on the Georgia PTA website that should serve as your starting point.

Nominating Committee Meeting Templates

Nominating Committee Form Templates

Quick Tips about Conducting Elections of PTA Officers

Quick Tips about PTA Nominating Committees

Quick Tips about Filling a PTA Officer Vacancy

Nominations and Elections Quiz

Smart Snacks RoundUp Contest

Is your school offering #SmartSnacks? Submit a creative photo, video or narrative describing how healthy food options are working at your school and win up to $300.

For more info about the contest, visit Bag the Junk for details http://bit.ly/1CJ48u2

Important Upcoming Dates

March 5 -- FCC Honoring Our Heroes Ceremony at Mashburn ES

March 6 -- Nominations for D13 officers are due

March 13 -- Reports are due to State, District and Council

March 18 -- CCC Superintendent's Roundtable

March 20 -- FCC General Meeting

March 22 -- State Reflections Ceremony

March 26 -- CCC Honoring Our Heroes Ceremony at Cherokee High School

March 28 -- PTA Day at the Hawks

April 1 -- Scholarship Applications for D13 Scholarship are due

April 16 -- CCC General Meeting (Elections)

May 6 -- District 13 Spring Conference at Whitlow Elementary School (awards, celebration, vendor fair and officer election for D13)

May 13 -- CCC New Officer Training

May 13 -- FCC New Officer Training

May 19 -- FCC Principals and Presidents Lunch

June 26-28 -- National PTA Convention in Charlotte, NC

July 10-11 -- Georgia PTA Convention Leadership Training (CLT)

Dyslexia Forsyth's Upcoming Events

Understanding Psychoeducational Evaluations: Using Testing Results to Make Educational Decisions

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 7:00pm

@ Forsyth County Board of Education, Room 380

Jennifer Lindstrom, an Associate Professor of Special Education in the College of Education at UGA, will focus on understanding and interpreting psychoeducational evaluations for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. She will discuss important considerations in the accommodation selection process, including requests on high-stakes tests (SAT, ACT, etc.), and offer recommendations for making sound instructional and testing decisions based on information obtained from evaluations.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so please register at here.


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